When you focus on your main thing and protect time to accomplish your main thing, you act more like a boxer than a street fighter. You will end up accomplishing more with less and still have energy for life at the end of the day.
Last week I gave you some advice on protecting results time in your weekly schedule; half day or full day increments set aside to work on your main thing(s). But in order to do this, you need to define your main thing. Here is a definition and some questions to get you started:
Your main things are activities that are mission-critical, top priority, and/or grow out of your unique abilities.
What activities are mission-critical for your organization?
All of us have something (or a few things) that need to be done to advance the mission of our organization. These things are essential to the health and growth of the ministry and they may change to some degree as your organization grows. If you are part of a team, then critical issues may have to be one of your main things even if it doesn’t line up with your passions or experiences. However, over time, you want to redirect your focus, as much as possible, back to the tasks that fully utilize the gifts, passions and experience God has given you.
What activities and responsibilities will benefit from your unique abilities?
Your unique abilities are the intersection of your gifts, passions and experiences. You are continually developing as a leader, so these may change over time. Continue to redefine them from year to year as your gifts, passions and experiences develop and expand. Take some time this week to reflect on your unique gift-passion-experience mix.
Out of all your responsibilities, what are your top 1-3 priorities?
Every person in your organization, including yourself, should clearly understand what he or she is expected to accomplish. Then, out of all of your responsibilities, you should understand which one, two or three sit at the top of your list. I bet you know your long list, the total scope of your responsibilities, but can you give me your short list, the one-to-three top-priority items that trump everything else? Practice focusing on your priorities one at a time during your protected results time.
To hear more on “main things,” watch the video on the Our Approach page.